The USDA/NIFA National Needs Fellowship Program was designed to give opportunities to underrepresented groups in the food and agricultural professions, including aquaculture and fisheries. and/or state and federal government agencies. Students will also obtain leadership training, UAPB is looking for three highly motivated individuals to participate in a rigorous academic and professional development program culminating in a PhD to prepare them for high-level careers in aquaculture and fisheries.
This intensive 36-month Ph.D. traineeship program will provide three students from under-served groups with comprehensive education and skill sets to make them highly competitive for careers in the USDA Targeted Expertise Shortage Area of Animal Production.
Each student will focus on one of the following project areas: 1) Fish physiology; 2) Fish health; or 3) Fish nutrition. Faculty advisors will mentor students in research projects that will require close interaction with industry professionals and stakeholders, academics, through a combination of on-campus and professional activities.
MS degree required - ability to meet regular admission requirements for PhD students (website below):
Application instructions (Note: Applicants must be US citizens or nationals):
1) Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the faculty member who will lead the different project components – 1) Dr. Dave Perera (firstname.lastname@example.org; fish physiology) ; 2) Dr. Grace Ramena (email@example.com; fish health); 3) Dr. Rebecca Lochmann (firstname.lastname@example.org; fish nutrition).
3) Follow instructions to submit all required application materials for regular admission to the PhD program in Aquaculture and Fisheries) at http://www.uapb.edu/academics/school_of_agriculture_fisheries_and_human_sciences/aquaculture_fisheries/graduate/grad-apply.aspx
For questions, contact the Graduate Coordinator – Dr. Lin Xie (email@example.com)
4) In addition, submit an essay (500 word maximum) to the graduate coordinator specifically addressing how the fellowship will help you pursue a high-level career in the targeted shortage area of (aquatic) animal production.
Application Deadline is Dec. 1, 2021 for the preferred start date of Jan. 16, 2022.